As technology advances and it becomes easier for people to do their jobs from anywhere, telecommuting is becoming increasingly popular. There are advantages for employers and employees alike.
Employers enjoy lower overhead expenses with less office space and smaller utility bills; employees get a little extra freedom and informality.
It's all pretty good for everyone involved, but it can get confusing when a work-related injury occurs.
Telecommuters get Workers' Comp in South Carolina.
Just because an employee is working from a home office does not mean he or she is not covered under South Carolina Workers' Compensation . In fact, employees who work from home are often covered in exactly the same way employees are covered in an office.
Workers' Comp law states that any injuries that rise out of or occur in the course and scope of employment are covered. That could include anything from the development of carpal tunnel syndrome to any accidental injuries sustained in the normal course of a workday.
Don't assume you won't have a claim.
Many South Carolina telecommuters who are injured in the course of doing their jobs don't file Workers' Comp claims. It could be because you are working from home and it feels like a mere coincidence that your accident happened while you were working. Even if that's the case, it doesn't matter.
South Carolina Workers' Compensation is a no-fault system. So, if you were injured while working, or in the course of your normal work day - even if it was because of a clumsy accident that could have happened any other time of day - it could qualify you for Workers' Compensation benefits.
Why you should pursue Workers' Compensation.
If you were injured on the job in South Carolina, even if it was in your home office, you could have major medical bills. You could end up missing work and losing income while you heal now, and in the future as you manage your injuries and pain. The South Carolina Workers' Comp system is designed to prevent that very hardship.
If you have questions about South Carolina Workers' Compensation and telecommuting, or if you think you might have a claim, contact the experienced legal team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. We offer a free case evaluation and will help you understand your rights.